Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wear Your Heart on a Tee

I'm designing a line of fun t'shirts with quotes and sayings that I love.  I sent the first one to Rosemary so she could model it where it would look the best...the Colorado mountains!  Rose and her husband, Drew went on a drive yesterday to one of my favorite little mountain towns (Salida) to explore new trails, restaurants and shops!  

I will be adding these to my easy shop soon, but I'm giving you (my loyal followers) first dibs!  The shirts are a try-blend, and are a fitted ladies style.  Rose usually wears a small and she's wearing a Medium (the smallest size I ordered).  The last picture is the truest match for the color, more of a muted try-color blend of blues.  Very soft and comfortable fabric that holds it's shape nicely.  $25.00 each.   Leave a comment here or on Facebook if interested.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I have just dropped into the very place I have been seeking, but in everything it exceeds all my dreams.    Isabella Bird

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Flannels, and cotton shirts-All season mountain wear for Etsy.

This might seem like the wrong season to be adding long sleeved shirts to my shop but trust me, it's the perfect time!  We had a saying when I lived in Dillon, Colorado (at 10,000 feet) that we had winter, late winter, spring and early winter.  If you're like me and don't like humidity, Colorado has the perfect weather.  You can have a nice warm summer day, and in the evening still wear a flannel shirt or even a wool sweater.  Very good sleeping weather.  

So with that being said, this collection is literally perfect year round mountain wear.  We also always layer in Colorado because the weather temperatures can change dramatically.   I learned the hard way about monsoon season while hiking at about 13,000 feet without a jacket.   

I choose shirts that are worn to perfection, meaning very soft but in very nice condition.  Then I make them mine by adding a patch and our logo to the back (so you can show your own sense of adventure).  I always look for natural fibers and high end brand names with excellent quality.

I love the colors of this shirt, basic brown and red.

A red and white mountain patch

Not just for men!   Wear it with a sensible compass necklace that will come in
handy while exploring!

light weight cotton, red, white and blue

Thermal paired with a flannel

Back Patch


Army green work shirt

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Forage

Spring time in Northern Indiana is still pretty monochromatic in other words blah.  The first green shoots you see (that look like grass) are the wild chives.  Such a welcomed herb if you like garlic and onion flavors.  I grabbed a couple of handfuls (just the top part) to use in my cooking this week while on a walk.

My husband and I love (a store bought) salad dressing called Low Fat Sweet Vadalia Onion.  Anything low fat usually has lots of added sugar so I wanted to try my hand at making it, but a healthier version.   Ed gave it two thrombus up.  So here it is.

1 tbs rice wine vinegar (you can use regular white vinegar)
2 tsp local honey
2-3 tsp onion powder
1 cup honey greek yougurt
S & P to taste
2 pinches of spring chives

Whisk together in this order, you can adjust the dressing to taste, (you may like it a little sweeter).  Plain yogurt can be used as well but you'll need more honey or natural sugar.
This dressed about 3 medium sized salads so adjust your recipe accordingly.
Walking the Pumpkin Vine

Spring chives

If you aren't sure if they are chives pick some and smell the cut end-they
smell like garlic.

Pax-the wonder dog.  My kid replacement, little buddy, constant companion :)
Chives and eggs 

store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Once they dry they loose their flavor, then it's
time to go for another walk in the woods.